10 Best Ways to Manage Stress

Manage Stress

Manage Stress With These 10 Tips

Stress is the world’s number one killer. It has been attributed as one of the primary causes of life- threatening medical conditions and has pushed many people to make questionable, often fatal decisions.

But like it or not, stress is your constant companion. There are many triggers of stress in every facet of life. You cannot avoid stress, but you can manage it.

Here are the 10 best ways to manage stress:

  1. Exercise Regularly. Doctors are unanimous in prescribing exercise as the best way to manage stress. Exercise releases endorphins, the “feel- good” hormones. This is why many of the leaders in the world of business and politics prioritize exercise first thing in the morning.

Exercise also regulates blood sugar, maintains healthy blood pressure and strengthens the immune system. It is also a great way to relieve tension and clear the mind.

  1. Eat Healthy. When you eat healthy food, you give your body the nutrients, vitamins and minerals it needs to function properly. Junk food or those processed with refined sugars, high fructose corn syrup and artificial flavoring are associated with various health conditions.

These health conditions include high blood pressure, diabetes, strokes, obesity and certain types of cancer. Foods that are high in sugar will create massive swings in your blood pressure and affect your mood. Processed foods have also been linked with mental illness.

  1. Get Enough Sleep. Sleep in an overlooked component to health and fitness but it could just be as important as exercise and diet.

You should get at least 8 hours of sleep every night. This assures your body and mind are well- rested and recovered for the following day’s activities. If you lack sleep, your ability to focus and work through solutions for pending problems will be seriously compromised.

  1. Do Not Over-Indulge. It is perfectly fine to go out on a night on the town with some friends. But be mindful on the extent of your revelry.

Drinking alcoholic beverages is a favorite way to de-stress by adults. But alcohol can impair your judgment. You could be enticed to participate in adventurous sexual behavior. Before you know it, you are exhibiting signs of HPV which leads to more stress.

Moderate the way you indulge. No matter how much you drink or revel, the stressors will still remain unless you address them.

  1. Spend Time with Your Family. In times of stress, it will benefit you to seek positive reinforcement. This is especially true if you have children.

Take them to the park, play catch, have a slice of pizza and ice cream or watch a movie. When it feels like the world is against you and that it is an evil place, your children will make you realize life is still worth fighting for.

  1. Avoid Toxic People. If times are getting particularly stressful, the last thing you need is more toxicity. Unfortunately, everyone has at least one toxic person in their lives.

The reality is there is more than one toxic person in our life. They could be family members, childhood friends, school mates, people in the office or associates. No one needs negative behavior or attitude that brings other people them.

  1. Own a Pet. There are 2 great things about pets that in many ways make them better than people:
  • They will stay loyal to you.
  • They will love you unconditionally.

This is why many stress- relief centers or practices involve the use of animals especially dogs and cats. Is there any wonder why cat videos are the most popular videos on YouTube?

  1. Go Outdoors. If you’ve spent the week cooped up in an office, a classroom or any place that has 4 walls take a change of scenery and go the great outdoors instead of Facebook.

Take a long, leisurely hike. Go trail biking. Why not row your boat down the stream? Whatever it is, take it outdoors. Shut down technology and breathe the fresh air, get awed by the scenery and appreciate the beauty of Mother Nature.

  1. Take Up a Creative Hobby. Do you ever hear voices in your head when you are trying to sleep? These are what psychologists call “white noise”. They manifest your anxieties, fears, doubts and self- limiting beliefs. They will also leave you with many sleepless nights.

The best way to shut off the white noise is to take up a creative hobby such as music or arts and crafts. Creativity stimulates a different part of the brain than the one you use when solving problems at work or school. It helps you relax and pre-occupies your mind with new brain activity.

  1. Find Your Spirituality. If you can’t manage stress physically, emotionally, mentally, perhaps the root cause is your spirituality.

There are times when everything we do seems to fall short at resolving issues and problems that we begin to question the purpose of our suffering. Sometimes the answer goes deeper than any business theory or mathematical equation.

People will often go find their spirituality to find affirmation in who they are; and what they need to do to achieve their purpose for being.

Stress should not discourage you from exploring life to the fullest. You should always dictate how you want to live your life and not be scared of its many mysteries. If you learn how to manage stress, you will realize that the best experiences have yet to be discovered.

iWatch Apps that fit in with your healthy lifestyle

iWatch Apps that fit in with your healthy lifestyle

iWatch Apps that fit in with your healthy lifestyle

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Long gone are the days when you would only wear a watch to tell the time or as a statement of fashion. In this day and age, if your time piece cannot forecast the weather or monitor your pulse, you won’t be considered one of the cool kids. The apple iWatch 2 is the newer version of its same named predecessor but this version comes a new operating system and subsequently an influx of new and innovative apps, some of these apps aid you in sleeping, some keep you entertained whilst travelling and some of course are cutting edge in fitness technology. Some are good, some not much. Let’s take a look at a few.

LoseIt:

Lose it, like Sleep++ is one of those apps that should be perfect for the Apple watch as it can use features just not designed for the mobile device. Abundant in useful features the app counts calories, counts steps and even reminds you to log your food in conjunction with an app on your phone. That in itself is one of its biggest advantages, how easy it can integrate with other apps such as myFitness and RunKeeper so you can really get a grasp of your body performance and nutrition. It’s hard to find any flaws with it as it does exactly what it advertises without over complicating things. There could be an argument that it could add a few more features being one of the fitness leaders but that’s just being picky.

Clear:

Let’s go back to basics where the Watch really is very useful. Clear, quite simply is a To-Do list app, but although the functionality required is simple, it does what is intends to do very well, arguably better than all of it’s competitors on the app store. One of it’s biggest pros is its aesthetic, beautiful colours popping off that high resolution screen make the user just that bit more motivated to be able to tick off their task. Not only can you view, what is left on your itinerary, you can add tasks, set reminders and say when a task is completed. Again for some people, this might be a bit too simple, but for most, this is guaranteed to be perfect for the job at hand.

Sleep++:

This is the type of app that people predicted would be most likely to succeed on the Apple Watch. When the user keeps the watch on at night the app will monitor how ‘well’ he or she slept. In the morning the app will report back to you how deep or light your sleep was and how many times you were restless or awoke. Of course there is problems that come with this, does the user really want to keep a fairly chunky wrist piece on when they go to sleep? And if so they will most likely need to put the device on charge as soon as they awake as the app can be pretty battery intensive. If the user is ok with these conditions then they can get some informative feedback about their sleep, however if they are truly serious about statistics about how well they drop off, maybe a specific sleep band such as the Jawbone UP3 is a better option.

ProCamera:

It’s still quite a cool sight to see the small crisp screen of a watch as a viewfinder for your phone. We’ve all been in that position where we have wanted to take a picture of something but maybe in a more discreet way, now you can just look at your wrist whilst you get that crazy angle selfie. This app is so useful because it offers so many more features than the standard Apple version such as low light mode, ease of video and timer settings too. However $2.99 probably is a bit steep for just an improved version of the original, and how useful is it really when you already have the viewfinder of your phone to take photos? That depends on how awkward those selfie angles are going to be.

Instagram:

You may have heard of this little app called Instagram but unlike other social networking sites such as Facebook or Twitter, Instagram really excels on the small screen. Although it does have limited features compared to it’s computer and mobile counterparts, for example you cannot take or upload pictures via the watch, what you can do is see a condensed version of your followed feed. A lot of the mainstream apps simply do not translate to the Apple Watch, but Instagram has found a way accentuating the basics such as viewing photos, liking them and viewing the data that goes with the photo. What’s more is if you come across a feature not compatible with the watch, with one swipe you can access it on your phone, simple!

So, that is an overview of some of the more notorious apps in a sea of never ending competitors. It is fair to say that there was quite an underwhelming response to the first Apple Watch, but it seems that developers are finally seeing what works and what doesn’t when translated to the smaller screen and that is promising. As with most things, it all comes down to the user, some prefer minimalism with the app doing just as it is needed, whereas some people prefer an app to be extremely functional, with the majority of apps being free, it’s worth it for a user to spend some time trying and testing apps to understand themselves, what they prefer.

 

 

5 Vaccines You Should Get Soon Before The Dreaded Diseases Grab You

The Vaccine Story

Mass vaccination campaigns using the new vaccine reached nearly

Shock probably struck you in the face when you overheard two mothers gossip about their children’s vaccines, who administers which to who, and how come they memorize the names like they’re medicalmractitioners.

At one point during the bus ride, you wondered, “Did I ever get those vaccines, too?” So you frantically called your mom and asked her. Sadly, the only thing she said was, “Hun, I don’t remember anymore. Please request a copy of your medical records.”

You called your family doctor’s number and was routed to the Office Manager. She remembers you because your mom has apparently called her earlier, worried sick as usual. She advised your medical records should be released within 48 hours and told you this: “There are some vaccines you need to get as an adult. If you missed some dose, you need to get them soon.”

Kudos to your eavesdropping, you got yourself a blessing-in-disguise. Let me help you, here are some of the vaccines Ms. Office Manager might tell you about once you see her.

The Vaccine List

1. Flu Vaccine

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This shot is ideally once a year, badly needed from September to May. The sooner you get it, the better.

2. Pneumococcal Vaccine

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This dose serves as a defense for pneumonia, blood infections, and bacterial meningitis. There are two types of this vaccine which you’ll need by the age of 65. For younger people at a high risk of pneumonia, such as those who smoke or have asthma, you’ll need both shots, too.

3. Hepatitis A

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This one’s tricky and a little controversial. If you’re in a high-risk community, have a long-term liver disease or HIV, or use blood products for blood clotting, you need to get a shot soon. No offense to the LGBT community, if you are a man who is sexually active with another man, darling, you need to get this ASAP.

4. Hepatitis B

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Same rules as Hepa-A apply. Additional risks requiring a shot include:

• Diabetes, advanced kidney disease or dialysis
• Living in the same house with a Hepa-B patient
• Having sex with more than one partner
• Being in prison or victims of sexual assault or abuse

5. HPV (Human Papillomavirus) Vaccine

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If you’re below 26 years of age and haven’t received this shot when you were younger, please get one soon. This vaccine is ideally received before having your first sexual intercourse.

These are just some vaccines you need to get. Please confirm with your medical provider if you need another shot. Please entrust this to a professional and never attempt to self-administer to cut costs.

4 Home Remedies to Try First Before Drinking Any Medicine

Are you that type who promptly buys over-the-counter medications when you’re under the weather? Or grabs your medicine kit right away when you feel sick? Do you hate feeling ill so much you take drugs right away?

We encourage our readers to take action on their health immediately. However, we do not push them to become drug-dependent, no matter how safe a medication is. Sometimes, it’s better to go green.
Here are some remedies you can try first before popping that pill.

Colds

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• Hydrate with warm water mixed with honey.
• Avoid exposure or inhaling cold air from air-conditioned areas or outside.
• Rest in a room where it is just warm enough to keep you comfortable and where you can turn a humidifier on to ease congestion and dryness of throat.
• Have a roll of tissue nearby to blow your nose when the need arises quickly.

Sore Throat

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• Rest your voice and avoid unnecessary talking.
• Hydrate and keep your throat moist with warm water, broth, or honey.
• Frequently drink cold caffeine-free fluids to relieve soreness.
• Gargle with a saltwater solution.
• Try to humidify the air to keep your throat moist.

Dry Unproductive Cough

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• Take a tablespoon of raw honey two to three times a day. Honey’s antibacterial properties are known to soothe throat and membrane irritation.
• Milk or lemon juice with honey also comes as a good combination when served warm.

Fever

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• Wear light clothing to avoid trapping the heat within layers of clothes.
• Even if you feel cold, try to wipe your limbs with a damp cloth and place it on your forehead while you rest. Your body needs to exhale that high temperature, too.
• Hydrate with refreshing caffeine-free drinks. Preferably, drink citrus-rich juices to help combat any infection.
• Rest in a well-ventilated area.
• Monitor your temperature every 2-4 hours to check any progress.

These are very natural remedies to follow. If you prefer to take any OTCs, that’s fine, too. However, we recommend you try these methods from time to time. We don’t want your bodies to depend on medications all the time.

If symptoms persist, you know what to do. Call the doctor or go to any outpatient clinic near you.

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3 Quick and Healthy Snacks to Start Your Day

Preparing healthy food doesn’t have to take much time. While there are a lot more complicated organic diets that can spell fitness for us, eating right can be as easy as 1-2-3.

We’ve prepared you a cheat sheet today of three healthy recipes you can do easily at home. We’ll have more next time.

Hearty Tuna Spread

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This recipe is very straightforward to make using only four ingredients found in most pantries: oil packed tuna bits, one whole red onion, mayonnaise, and cheese.

Start by slicing the onion into small pieces and place it in a regular sized bowl. Drain the oil from the can of tuna and add to the bowl. Grate your desired amount of cheese over it and, finally, add 2-3 tablespoons of mayonnaise. Mix them all together and serve with loaves of bread. You can also add black ground pepper or chili powder to spice this spread up.

Simple Caesar Salad

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With this dish, you can use either Romaine, Iceberg, or Loose-leaf Lettuce. Other ingredients include regular Ceasar salad dressing, crab sticks, corn kernels, crouton, and Parmesan cheese. To proceed, you can either tear the lettuce leaves by hand or cut with a knife. Place them in a bowl along with a cup of corn kernels and crouton. Slice the crab sticks into thinner pieces and add to the bowl. Pour in some dressing and top it with Parmesan cheese.

Optionally you can cook the crouton on low heat over salted butter and add cherry tomatoes for a more flavorful experience.

Classic Egg Salad / Sandwich

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Egg salads have been part of every household as one of the easiest, healthiest and cheapest snacks. Essential ingredients such as eggs, spring onion, mayonnaise, and crushed black pepper complete this treat.

Start by hard boiling 2-3 whole eggs, peeled and chopped afterward. In a bowl, mix the chopped eggs, 1/4 spring onion, 2-3 tablespoons of mayonnaise, and a pinch of black pepper all together. Add a pinch of salt to taste. You can also add Iceberg lettuce and use the salad as a spread.

If you got hungry as much as I did, grab yourself any of these easy, healthy recipes.